Maternity Benefits

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th June 1988.

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Photo of Mr Michael Portillo Mr Michael Portillo , Enfield, Southgate 12:00 am, 14th June 1988

Maternity benefit should be paid to people who leave work because they are pregnant and are used to receiving their money from work. The new statutory maternity payment system and the maternity allowance address that need. The old system, under which we went back to some distant year to see what national insurance contributions had been paid, was much less effective in meeting that need.